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Sex assaults spiked last year in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sexual assaults spiked in Holland last year, according to a new crime report.

The annual report from the Holland Department of Public Safety shows 87 sexual assaults in 2013, which is up from 65 incidents in 2012 and 58 sexual assaults in 2011.

Police are not exactly sure why there's been an increase in sexual assaults, but they believe it may be from more people reporting the crime.

"When victims feel like it's easier to report those types of things, we're going to probably see the numbers increase," said Captain Jack Dykstra. "We're looking why those numbers went up and we'll get that explanation to you."

The report found other violent crimes in Holland remained relatively steady. The West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) gang unit is being credited for reducing gang activity in the area.


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Zeeland teen killed in crash near Rivertown mall

Zeeland teen killed in crash near Rivertown mall


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - One person is dead after a crash Sunday night in Grandville. The crash happened around 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of 44th Street and Ivanrest Avenue near the Rivertown Mall.

18-year-old Darin Post died when a Ford F-150 and a Volkswagen Beetle collided.

The crash caused traffic slowdowns on 44th and Ivanrest for several hours. Police are still trying to determine what caused the crash.


My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Low income families in Ottawa County will get some help filling their shelves this Friday, March 28, as four churches and organizations host food distribution events.

The distribution event is being coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency.  Apricot halves, beef stew, frozen blueberries, corn, rice cereal, shelf-stable milk, rolled oats, potato flakes, rice crisp cereal, whole grain rotini and tomato juice will be available to families in need.  Distribution times and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Ave., Coopersville
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland
  • 1 p.m.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

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100 new jobs available in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The company, NOVO 1 is looking to fill 135 full-time customer service adviser positions for their Holland location. NOVO 1 is one of the leading customer experience solution companies, and in 2013 experienced 40% percent growth.

A job fair will be held Wednesday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NOVO 1's Holland Contact Center. It is located at 1361 S. Waverly Road. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

There are openings for licensed and non-licensed health insurance advisers, and general customer service representatives. NOVO 1 offers competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package. On-the-job training and paid classroom training are also provided.

For more information and to apply online visit NOVO 1 - Careers.

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

HOLLAND, Mich.—A TEDx speaker who is a survivor of domestic violence is coming to Holland to  support women other domestic violence victims.

Leslie Morgan Steiner will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Reach for the Stars spring benefit.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Center for Women in Transition, which provides support programs to more than 3,000 women, men and children in Ottawa and Allegan counties, who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year, the benefit raised more than $85,000 for the Center.

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

HOLLAND, Mich.—The extremely rough winter has taken a toll on Harbor Humane Society.

The nonprofit is now asking for donations to help replace its roof, which was damaged by massive ice dams, leaks and water damage.

“Our roof was already in need of dire repair due to age, the unprecedented snowfalls this season has accelerated the demise of our roof. We were not planning on this unexpected expense now, but we have 200 to 300 furry little faces on any given day who we’re charged with keeping warm and dry and safe,” says Operations Director Jeff Stiegman.

Harbor Humane Society’s goal is to raise $50,000 to replace the roof and repair other resulting damages. If you’d like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made online through the Harbor Humane Society website or by sending a check to:

 Harbor Humane Society

14345 Bagley

 West Olive, 49460